Granita is a Sicilian dessert made from crushed ice and flavoring. This watermelon mint granita is light and refreshing, perfect for a summer day!
Have you ever wanted to make a homemade frozen treat, but you don’t have an ice cream maker? Try a granita! It’s similar in flavor to a sorbet, and similar in texture to shaved ice (aka Italian ice or Philly water ice).
A granita is very easy to make. You combine water with fruit syrup, then freeze it. At intervals during the freezing process, you scrape the mixture with a fork to create to flake it.
This watermelon mint granita is an exceptionally refreshing summer treat. The watermelon turns the ice a beautiful shade of pink, and mint provides a refreshing complimentary flavor.
If you need to watch your fat intake, this is a delicious dessert option, because it’s fat-free! It’s also very low-calorie at just 56 calories per half-cup serving.
You can make a granita from just about any fruit, as long as you can make a syrup from it. Though fruit flavors are traditional, you can make non-fruity flavors as well. When I worked in a restaurant many years ago, we served a coffee granita.
In some areas, granita is served in an ice cream dish garnished with almonds. In other areas, it’s served with a yeast pastry similar to brioche. In yet other areas, it’s served as a drink in a cup with a straw.
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 sprig mint
- 3 cups watermelon, cut into large chunk, about 1 lb
- 1 lime, juiced
- In a small saucepan, combine water and sugar. Heat over low flame until the sugar dissolves.
- Add the mint sprig to the saucepan. Increase heat to bring mixture a boil. Cook at a boil for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand to cool.
- Puree the watermelon (in batches, if necessary) in a blender. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl, pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible.
- Pour the mint syrup through the sieve into the watermelon juice.
- Squeeze the lime juice through the sieve into the watermelon mixture.
- Discard any solids in the sieve, and stir the mixture in the bowl.
- Pour into a 9x3 loaf pan, and place in the freezer for at least 4 hours.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 0.5 Serving Size: cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 56 Sodium: 1mg Carbohydrates: 14g Sugar: 14g
Disclaimer: nutrition information estimated with MyFitnessPal Recipe Calculator. For complete nutrition information, consult a registered dietitian.
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